502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804
Individual Tickets on sale October 7, 2019
The 35th Anniversary of Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice featuring Will Ackerman, Barbara Higbie, Todd Boston with special guest Mia Pixley
Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice series as well as their many solo releases. Windham Hill founder and Grammy-winning guitarist, Will Ackerman, and Grammy Award-nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie, guitarist Todd Boston and cellist, Mia Pixley come together to lead joyous holiday concerts.
William Ackerman founded Windham Hill Records in Palo Alto in 1975. The label’s audiophile recordings were a run-away success with critics and audiences alike. Musicians including Michael Hedges, George Winston, Will Ackerman, Alex de Grassi, Barbara Higbie and Darol Anger and their group Montreux, Liz Story, Mark Isham, and Tuck and Patty quickly became internationally recognized. Also, the name “Windham Hill” became synonymous with the best in acoustic music in the 1980s and 90s. For that reason, Windham Hill’s 10 Winter Solstice compilation recordings, selling in the many millions, “changed people’s conceptions of seasonal music” (John Diliberto, Echoes radio show host). Finally, the Winter Solstice Concerts bring the music of Windham Hill full circle, 40 years after it was originally conceived on the Stanford campus.
“. . . Will Ackerman’s . . . pieces have that timeless introspection that has made his music so enduring. “—Billboard
“Barbara Higbie is one of the most exciting musicians I have heard, full of life and brilliant in her playing. “—S.F. Examiner/Chronicle
“Todd Boston is a mature artist who has come of age. The world’s a better place for his gift.” —Will Ackerman
“You won’t easily find a sound like Pixley and her twist on experimental classical music with a unique Southern vibe.”—Magnet Magazine
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This concert is funded in part by the Allan Swartz Hoke Concert Fund of InFaith Community Foundation. The Clayton Center for the Arts thanks them for their support.